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I'm currently working on an ostinato played in four with the feet and in three with the left hand. Now my problem is my right hand: it follows the feet and can't get out of straight 8th's or 16th's. Is there an easy way to play triplets over the ostinato, 5's, 7's, 9's, etc.? Thanks!
11-15-2003, 12:23 PM
I've been working on sort of similar thing for a while and I've been struggling alot.What I've found out is that most of the time I'm trying to play this faster than I really can..so..I'd practice this REALLY slow and figure out which strokes hit together or overlap.....good luck bro!! :)
Exactly. You must be able to hear what all the polyrhythms sound like before you get into it. If you have a music program, put in all the polyrhythms (5:3, 7:3, 9:3, whatever) and feel how they line up. Once you can just feel those polyrhthms anytime you want, it will be much easier to put the odd groupings over the ostinato.
Sorry Chris, I really have to start posting those threads in Tips & Techniques.
07-21-2005, 04:36 PM
Hi take a look at my video "the ostinato" on www.edrums.gr for a few polyrhythmic examples ... Begins with a 4/4 multipedl ostinato , orchestrated on 4 pedals.. with free solo on top , then there is a 5/8 ostinato with a 3/8 pattern with the right hand , and soloing with the left and a 7/8 ostinato with a single hand roll on the right and a swing pattern on the left
Hope you enjoy this .. I am using the Duallist pedals
07-21-2005, 06:30 PM
One question i have about polys is, is when your playing polyrhythms are you counting everything, or are you feeling and hearing how each polyryhthm sounds and then executing it. I find it impossible to actually recall polys on the run, i guess they really have to get burned in. And when practicing them, do you recommend counting everything, or "squeezing" notes as you see fit and estimating to your best ability.
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